Beautiful Minds, the charity set up by solicitors at Linder Myers’ Lytham office to support local families with children living with cerebral palsy, has recently inspired nine year old Keira Morris to stop talking for six hours during a school day in order to raise funds.
The Bispham Endowed Church of England pupil had previously been involved in fundraising for the charity including baking and helping on fundraising stalls during Lytham Club days. Resisting the urge to break her silence despite the best efforts of her friends at the school, Keira communicated by passing notes to other students and her teacher and managed to keep schtum to complete the task.
Keira Morris, the daughter of one of the secretaries at Linder Myers said: “It was really hard and my friends tried to get me to talk the whole time but my friend Keeley Ribchester helped as she was doing a sponsored silence for Cancer Research at the same time. I was so glad to be able to talk again afterwards and couldn’t stop!
“I really like Beautiful Minds and have met some of the families and children it helps so I was really pleased that I managed to raise £150 and my friends and teacher said they were very proud of me.”
Beautiful Minds trustee and medical negligence legal executive Sian Morris said: “We are constantly looking for ways to continue our fundraising efforts so we can keep helping local families and we are always very touched when we inspire people, particularly children, to help with our efforts. Keira suggested the idea herself and it’s fantastic that someone so young would want to help. The money raised will make a real difference to a local family.
“Beautiful Minds gives away grants twice a year and we’re currently considering the latest applications so we can help as many families as possible. We were very pleased to have supported families on the Fylde Coast and in other areas of Lancashire with items that have made a small difference to make life a little easier which has included contributing towards the costs of childcare, physiotherapy sessions, adapted car seats and sensory equipment.”
Previous fundraising activity for the charity has included a 2014 dog calendar compiled with the support of local Lytham businesses, completing the Three Peaks Challenge and stalls selling baked goods and other items during Lytham Club Day.
To make a donation to Beautiful Minds visit www.beautiful-minds.org.uk